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Secret Service was sent scrambling on Friday when a man approached a checkpoint outside the White House with a gun and an agent was forced to shoot the suspect when he refused to comply with orders to drop the weapon.
President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time, but the facility went into lock down and Vice President Joe Biden was rushed to a safe area, according to CNN.
While the incident occurred around 3 p.m. on a Friday, the Washington Post reported that Obama was golfing at Joint Base Andrews.
Sources told the cable news network the armed suspect approached a checkpoint outside the secure perimeter and accessible to the public and was shot in the abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital and there were no other reported injuries.
“No one within or associated with the White House was injured, and everyone in the White House is safe and accounted for,” a White House official said. “The President has been made aware of the situation.”
CNN reported on additional details:
A Secret Service spokesman said the incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. ET when a man carrying a gun approached a checkpoint on E Street near the White House. The suspect was given verbal commands to stop and drop the gun, and when he failed to comply, he was shot once by a Secret Service agent and taken into custody. Secret Service officers and an agent provided medical aid to the suspect, and the city’s EMS said he was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.
According to the Post, law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Jesse Olivieri, a Pennsylvania man in his 30s. Olivieri’s motive is unknown but he reportedly was not on file with the Secret Service.
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